Kolkata is all decked up and pretty for the grand immersion carnival, which is scheduled to be held today on its Red Road. Special arrangements have been made for the foreign delegates by the West Bengal government at the carnival, wherein the award-winning idols of this year’s Durga Puja celebration will rally for a gala immersion.
This is the second edition of the immersion carnival, where as many as 70 Durga idols from famous clubs and neighborhoods will be exhibited on elaborately decorated trucks as they make their way towards the ghats of river Hooghly for immersion.
This carnival will not only see Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee participating in the event, but will also be graced by the presence of other senior government officials, foreign consulates, foreign tourists and visiting delegates from different countries for the FIFA Under 17 Football World Cup.
Wooden galleries have been installed with huge posters of Pujor Bisarjon Bishesh Shobhajatra 2017 being set up on both sides of the road. Not just special delegates, the management committee is expecting a great turnout of commoners from the neighboring states as well, apart from the residents of West Bengal.
Although rains have already played spoilsport, the management committee is not ready to let rains hamper the event. According to a senior government official overseeing the arrangements:
Rain had hampered our preparations in the last few days, but we have managed to complete the work for the carnival. Stage is ready and we are busy with the final touches.
This year, special emphasis has been given to lighting arrangements in and around Red Road, highlighting the main projects of the Bengal government, mainly the Kanyasree project, Sabuj Sathi, Khadya Sathi and Sishu Sathi. The lighting has been done by craftsmen from Chandannagar, a place famous for its lighting crafts.
According to an official:
We hope that the most attractive part of this year’s carnival will be the lighting. Arrangements of special lighting have been made near the podium meant for the VVIPs.
Special security measures have also been undertaken by the Kolkata Police keeping in mind the presence of dignitaries from around the world. A senior Kolkata Police officer said:
Senior officials will be present at the venue. Special team of police personnel will be there for the security of the VVIPs.
We will not be allowing more than 50 representatives from each Durga Puja committee along with the idol. Since there are a lot of Pujas, we cannot allow more than unlimited number of people with each idol.
All the idols will be taken for immersion after the grand road show.
So, is this the reason Mamata Banerjee was hell-bent on postponing the immersion program? If so, a little announcement would perhaps have saved her from criticism. What do you think?